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Richie gets candid on Web series

by The Associated Press on May 15, 2013 10:50 AM

NEW YORK — As the Twitterverse expands with millions of users, it can be hard to have a unique voice. Nicole Richie doesn’t have that problem.

Some examples:

“‘It’s 8:30am & I’ve already gotten into 5 fights’ — thugs, and parents of toddlers.”

“This therapist is going to be GREAT for me once I stop lying to him.”

“I’m gonna dress up as an iPhone so my husband pays attention to me.”

Tweets like that earned her not only millions of followers but the attention of production company Telepictures, which was already aware of Richie’s popularity and wanted to work with her.

“As soon as we began pursuing her we also began following her on Twitter,” recalls Sheila Bouttier, senior vice president of development at Telepictures. “We were struck by how funny and candid she was and wanted to really showcase that side of her personality, which we haven’t seen in a long time.”

They teamed up with AOL to create the Web series #CandidlyNicole.

Each video is about five minutes and a new one is posted every Tuesday morning.

The first webisode, where Richie, 31, consults with a doctor about having her “tramp stamp” (or tattoo on her lower back) removed, earned 1 million views in just its first week. (Try not to at least smirk as she keeps referring to the doctor as “Dr. Tatt-off.”)

In a recent phone interview, Richie said she’s “thrilled” by the response but still has a hard time grasping that she’s funny.

“My husband (musician Joel Madden) doesn’t think I’m funny at all,” she said. “He has not laughed at a joke of mine since 2006. I don’t necessarily always just mean to be funny. I just kind of say whatever’s on my mind but I do know that I have a very specific way of looking at my life.”

Of course, Richie is no stranger to television. She first appeared alongside Paris Hilton on “The Simple Life,” where they were filmed working in fish-out-of-water situations as interns or camp counselors. Richie also just wrapped a second season as a mentor on the competition show “Fashion Star” on NBC.

“We are living in a world where everything needs to be a little bit shorter to keep people’s attention,” she said. “Especially the younger audience, which is why I think Twitter is so great.”

Online: show/517742769/episode/517775397

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NEW DELHI — Bollywood’s biggest star, Amitabh Bachchan, is willing to explore more Hollywood movies now that he’s done his first.

Bachchan, 71, says he has never been offered Hollywood films before the 3-D extravaganza “The Great Gatsby,” which opens the Cannes Film Festival today.

He said that at his age, it is difficult to expect that certain roles will come his way. “But yes, if there are people who want to cast me, I don’t mind if something is offered,” the Hindustan Times newspaper quoted him as saying in an interview published Tuesday.

Bachchan portrays Meyer Wolfsheim in director Baz Luhrmann’s take on the classic American novel.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

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